He sounds EFFING crazy to us, but he couldn’t get an insanity defense to stand up in court.
This is truly disgusting. This Tennessee man, Herbert Mike Merritt has us re-evaluating the meaning of “gut full of human.” He was convicted of first-degree murder after shooting another man at a bar and then eating part of his lung!!!
Herbert Mike Merritt, 49, shot Anthony Ford, 45, six times before stabbing him repeatedly and devouring his flesh.
Merritt carved open his chest cavity and thought he was eating a piece of heart – but was actually eating lung.
He had told a court he suffered a psychotic breakdown and was insane when he killed Ford at Friends Sports Bar & Grill in June 2008.
Merritt was convicted of first-degree murder at Knox County Criminal Court.
He must serve at least 51 years in prison and will not be eligible for parole until he is aged 100.
Prosecutor Leslie Nassios said: ””He carved open his chest cavity, plucked out what he thought was heart and, by his own account, took a bite of it.”
Nassios told Knox County Criminal Court jurors in closing arguments today that Merritt was a drug addict who exaggerated symptoms to get prescription painkillers.
“He likes to get high,” Nassios said. “That’s his thing. This is not a case where you’re dealing with someone who is insane.”
SMH… Somebody watched wayyyyy too much “Silence of the Lambs.” Stay off the drugs people!
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